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At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

The U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale promises an optimistic approach to urban renewal. Co-curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will be identifying four areas of blight-stricken Detroit, and selecting 12 architectural teams to re-imagine them. “Monica and I wanted to do a  project together in Detroit, because it’s on the upswing,” [...]

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At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

Comparisons may be odious, but in the case of Hudson Yards and Rockefeller Center, they may be inevitable too. Both were initiated during major economic downturns. Both are monumental mixed-use developments of near-astonishing scale. And both called upon the talents of the most gifted architects of their times. Hudson Yards in particular, though, has challenged [...]

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Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

In 2008, Matteo Ugolini took over the reigns as art director of the Italian brand Karman, designing some of the company’s first lighting lines and setting the company’s branding on its current creatively avant-garde course. A+A recently interviewed him via email: Your background in design? I studied at C.N.I.P.A institute in Ancona, Italy, graduating in [...]

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In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

Yesterday, A+A ran a post on GGN’s fantastic landscape design in Seattle for the University of Washington’s campus. The firm is known for some of the most innovative landscape design solutions in the nation, including a winning entry in a competition to redesign Union Square on the National Mall. Here we have a post from [...]

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Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape. The Olmsted Brothers developed one back in 1909, as Seattle hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. “Their basic idea for the campus was to frame Mount Rainier at the heart of the campus,” says Shannon Nichol, founding principal at Gustafson [...]

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Seattle to Host Intimate Impressionism

Seattle to Host Intimate Impressionism

It’s a traveling exhibition that explores the entire range of Impressionism. And Seattle is its last stop. In October, The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will host Intimate Expressionism from the National Gallery. Ticket sales for the blockbuster show will go on sale July 15. “It’s a mini-history of Impressionism, from the beginning to Post Impressionism,” [...]

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Dwell + the Monogram Modern Home

Dwell + the Monogram Modern Home

It’s a barnstorming tour of the U.S., with a touch of culinary delight to boot. The Monogram Modern Home – 1,100 square-foot, custom prefab collaboration from Dwell Media, Method Homes and Monogram luxury appliances – is heading to Austin Texas for tours on July 17-18. It debuted in Portland, Ore., took a few victory laps [...]

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In Florida, Balancing Nature + Design

In Florida, Balancing Nature + Design

A new, 375,000 square-foot FBI office building in Miramar, Fla. has returned a developer’s 18-inch-deep, gravel-encrusted site back to the Everglades. “We realized early that man’s encroachment had basically eviscerated the ecosystem,” says Mark Sexton, partner in Chicago-based Krueck + Sexton Architects. “Someone had filled the Everglades in with gravel, as if to say: ‘Here, [...]

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Chicago’s Understated Sailing Center

Chicago’s Understated Sailing Center

It’s a site on Lake Michigan that’s to die for. On it is a structure that facilitates a university’s sailing program. Northwestern University’s new sailing center by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, lies north of downtown Chicago, its viewscape aligned perfectly with the skyscrapers of the Windy City to the south. It backs up to the limestone-clad [...]

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Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Sara Baldwin is nothing if not well-read. The owner of New Ravenna Mosaics on Virginia’s Eastern Shore says one of her favorite books is Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a 2008 tale of loyalty, courage and stranding strong in the face of danger. But when it comes to marketing her [...]

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